University of Stirling International Summer School - Summer or January Short Course


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs at the University of Stirling through our partner International Studies Abroad.

Please click here to apply or learn more about University of Stirling and all other Scotland program options.


Study abroad in Scotland over the summer with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, formerly known as EuroLearn. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this summer program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.


University of Stirling’s International Summer School (ISS) is specifically designed for international students from around the world and emphasizes experiential learning so that students can make the most of their studies in Scotland.


The University of Stirling is a wonderful place to study – beautiful and vibrant, relaxed and engaging. It has one of the finest campuses in Europe and has an excellent reputation for both research and teaching. The ISS program is not simply a means of gaining academic credit. The program has been designed to incorporate a diverse range of social and cultural activities – from kayaking on the campus loch to nights out at the pub – thus enabling you to get to know other students on the ISS, as well as giving you the opportunity to travel and experience the real Scotland.


Click here to read Katie's story - one of our Featured Students who participated in the University of Stirling's International Summer School! 


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Academic Highlights

The International Summer School is structured in two 4-week blocks which can be taken independently or consecutively and which will include modules in a variety of subjects.


Students will take two modules (classes) during each block with each module being worth 3 U.S. semester credits.  


Note: Classes fill on a first come-first served basis, so early application is strongly encouraged. 


  • 'Brief Encounters': An Introduction to Writing Short Stories (ISS9BE)
  • Education and Learning: A Scottish Perspective (ISS9EL)
  • Marketing and Branding Scotland (ISS9BS)
  • Nursing and Health Care in Scotland (ISS9NH)
  • Photographing the Urban (ISS9PU)
  • The Psychology of Art with a Tartan Twist (ISS9AR)
  •  Psychology of Evil (ISS9EV)
  • Religion and Conflict (ISS9RC)
  • Royals and Rascals: Contemporary Studies in British Journalism (ISS9JO)
  •   Scotland the What? Contemporary Scottish Literature & Identity (ISS9SC)
  •  Scotland on the Screen (ISS9SS)
  • Scottish History: The Covenanters (ISS9TC)



  • Internship for International Summer School (ISS9IN)

  • Crime and Justice in Scotland: The Criminal in Scottish Society (ISS9CJ)

  • Green Politics: Theory & Practice (ISS9GP)

  • International Relations (ISS9IR)

  • Issues in Moral Philosophy (ISS9MP)

  • Marketing and Branding Scotland (ISS9BS)

  • Monsters and Vampires: The Impact of British Gothic on Contemporary Popular Culture (ISS9MV)

  • Psychology of Evil (ISS9EV)

  • Scottish History: The Jacobites (ISS9TJ)

  • Sports Management and Culture: A European Perspective (ISS9SM)

  • Witchcraft in Early Modern Scotland (ISS9WS)

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Experiential Learning/Field Trips

A key feature of the International Summer School at the University of Stirling will be out of class study. In addition to seminar-style classroom study, each class will include an experiential element such as a visit to the Scottish Parliament or a historic Scottish battlefield. Other out of class experiences have included a day visiting sites of interest to Scottish environmental history, attending the Edinburgh International Film Festival with your class instructor, and readings at the MacRobert Arts Centre.

These field trips are also open to those students not signed up for that specific module and are included in the program fee.

In addition, a number of guided excursions to major Scottish attractions (including the nearby cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and the historic medieval town of St Andrews etc.) are also included in the program cost - so there really is no excuse not to get out there and experience Scotland! Additional weekend and day trip opportunities to Loch Ness, the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye may also be offered at a modest additional fee.


Other Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on once you’re abroad. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>


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Orientation/Social Activities

Upon arrival you will be picked up from either Glasgow or Edinburgh airports and brought to your on-campus housing. A full orientation program will be offered to new students at the start of each block which includes a campus tour, bus tour of Stirling and the surrounding area, and IT/library induction. In addition to the welcome and farewell events – some in the past have been in Airthrey Castle on campus – a number of other social activities are planned which ISS and other Stirling students will be invited to attend. There will even be a Scottish Ceilidh to allow you to learn and practice your Scottish Country Dancing and enjoy traditional Scottish fiddle music.



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You will be housed with other ISS students in shared on-campus apartments. Rooms are all singles within a three to six person flat with shared kitchen, social and bathroom facilities. Bedding and cooking utensils are provided in all apartments. Internet access is available in your room or via on campus 24 hour computing labs. The apartments are about a five minute walk from the center of campus, a walk that will take you through the most scenic parts of campus (past a castle, a golf course, and around a lake that is full of ducks and other wildlife in the summer).  


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This exciting opportunity, run in partnership with the Career Development Centre at the University of Stirling, will give students opportunities to carry out four-week internships in a number of sectors in the Stirling area. These sectors may include sports, environmental science, politics, charity/nonprofit and marketing, though this list is subject to change. Through this internship, students will develop an understanding of the UK labour market and the specific sector of their internship; develop their team working skills; and develop their written and oral communication skills. Students can expect to spend approximately 140 hours in their internship placement and an additional 10 hours on associated classroom sessions, review days, writing reflective journals, and on-line tutorials run by the Career Development Centre. Assessment will take the form of a presentation given about your internship, completion of your journals, and submission of a project report. The Internship is worth approximately 3 U.S. semester credits.

Students wishing to participate in the Internship program will enrol full time in Block 1 and take 2 classes. The internship compontent will run during the 4 weeks of Block 2. Internship students may also be required to obtain an appropriate UK visa, such as a Tier 4 visa. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will help you through the visa application process upon acceptance.


Please note that this program has an early application deadline of February 15.


Read a Q & A with Taylor McEachern, who completed an internship at Stirling during the summer 2011 term.


Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.


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University of Stirling International Summer School
Program FeesTBD
Housing without MealsHousing included in program fees
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Summer/Short Course Program Includes
Tuition and instruction
Host university activity and insurance fees
24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
Pre-departure materials and travel gear
Comprehensive assistance
Personal program manager
Scholarship and financial aid assistance
Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer
Tuition for 6 - 12 credits (two classes per term, or 2 classes plus an internship)
Official transcript from University of Stirling
Accommodation (private study room in shared, self-catered, on-campus apartments)
Orientation and social program
Local bus pass between University of Stirling and city center for first week
Sports center membership, including drop in sports sessions
Airport pick up and drop off from Glasgow and Edinburgh on designated program dates
Compulsory and optional field trips (students may also be able to attend field trips for classes other than their own)
Access to additional trips and tours
HTH Worldwide health insurance protection
Alumni opportunities, including professional ambassador program
International Student Identity Card
Exclusive Career-Building Alumni Institute (add-on option)
Additional Housing Fee (if applicable)
Housing and some meals are typically included in the Summer/Short Course fee. This is noted above if included or the approximate housing range is provided. Housing amenities are generally:
Twin-Share room
Technology package available
Linen package available
An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. If housing does not include meals you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.
*All fees are subject to change.



Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level at the time of enrollment. Students with a lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 3.00

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

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